Book ‘Free Speech’ by Jacob Mchangama

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A History from Socrates to Social Media
“The best history of free speech ever written and the best defense of free speech ever made.” — P. J. O’Rourke. Hailed as the “first freedom,” free speech is the bedrock of democracy. But it is a challenging principle, subject to erosion in times of upheaval. Today, in democracies and authoritarian states around the world, it is on the retreat. In Free Speech, Jacob Mchangama traces the riveting legal, political, and cultural history of this idea. Through captivating stories of free speech’s many defenders—from the ancient Athenian orator Demosthenes and the ninth-century freethinker al-Rāzī, to the anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and modern-day digital activists—Mchangama reveals how the free exchange...
Publisher: Basic Books (February 8, 2022)  Pages: ‎528 pages  ISBN-10: 1541600495  ISBN-13: 978-1541600492  ASIN:‎ B096TTCL5L

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Jacob Mchangama is the founder and executive director of the Danish think tank Justitia and the host of the podcast Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech. His writing on free speech has appeared in the Economist, the Washington PostForeign Policy, and other outlets. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.


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